(KPLR) - The future of conservation will be in the hands of the children of today. So the Conservation Department is making it a top priority to encourage kids to get out and enjoy nature. Dan Zarlenga talked with John Fuller about a couple of ways the Department is doing that.
Q. You mentioned a “Kids in Nature Photo Contest”. What is that?
- Contest going on through November 15
- MDC is inviting people to send in pictures of kids and families outdoors
- Each month staff from MDC will select and a winning photo, which will be displayed on the MDC website
- All monthly winners for 2013 will be printed in the January 2014 Missouri Conservationist Magazine
Q. So what are the specifics about entering the contest?
- Person entering must be 18 or older
- Free to enter
- Photos may be taken by children but the person entering must be 18 or older
- Photos must be taken in Missouri
- Photos must shot kids or families enjoying activities in nature
- Enter up to 10 photos per month
- Enter photos using Flickr photo sharing website
- Include photo captions with:
- Subject/description of the photo
- Location of the photo
- Anything else you’d like to highlight
Q. Can viewers see some of the entries?
- Yes, log onto MDC.mo.gov and search keywords “kids photos”
- Each month’s winning entries will be displayed there
- There’s also a link to the submission site on Flickr, which includes other entries and full contest details
Q. You have another tool to help kids discover nature.
- Yes, Xplor! Magazine is produced bimonthly, 6 times per year
- Free to Missouri households
- Features articles and stories to teach kids about nature
- Includes activities to get them outside
- Lots of beautiful color pictures
Q. How can people subscribe?
- Visit MDC.mo.gov and scroll down to the Xplor! link at the bottom of the page